History and Recognition

25 Years of Highlights

1993 - IUPUI team attends the national Campus Compact Summer Institute for Integrating Service in Academic Study; establishes the Office of Service Learning in November.

1994 - United Way Day of Caring begins as the first campus-wide volunteer service event.

1995 - IUPUI Chancellor Bepko endorses President Clinton’s America Reads Challenge and tutoring K-8 youth begins through strategic use of Community Work-Study.

1996 - IUPUI is one of four campuses nationwide selected to participate in the Kellogg Peer Review of Professional Service project; results in Documenting Service @ IU.

1997 - The Office of Neighborhood Partnerships is established; receives the HUD-Community Outreach Partnership Center with the Westside Cooperative Organization to support mutually identified goals.

1998IUPUI selected by national Campus Compact as model program and Dr. Robert G. Bringle receives the national Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award as an outstanding service learning educator.

1999 - Community Service Scholarship Program, named in honor of community leader and advocate Sam H. Jones, is solidified through Commitment to Excellence funds.

2000 - IUPUI is one of 12 universities selected to participate in the Community Higher Education Service Project, hosting a team from the University of the Free State in South Africa and sending a consulting team to South Africa

2001 - The American Association of State Colleges and Universities selects IUPUI as a campus that demonstrates a high level of commitment to civic engagement

2002 - U.S. News & World Report, in their America’s Best Colleges edition, recognizes IUPUI for its excellence in service learning programs, an honor that becomes an annual tradition.

2003 - The scholarship program is renamed Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program in honor of Sam Jones, the life-long civic leader of the Urban League. Campus designates Commitment to Excellence funds for civic engagement.

2004 - IUPUI Chancellor Bantz establishes the Chancellor’s Civic Engagement Awards for Faculty and Community.

2005 - IUPUI selected as one of 12 campuses to assist in the design of the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement, and received formal designation in 2006.

2006 - IUPUI is one of three universities to receive the inaugural Presidential Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service for exceptional accomplishments and distinction for Hurricane Katrina Relief.

2007 - The Center for Service and Learning (CSL) Research Collaborative received designation as a campus Signature Center to convene scholars and advance research, particularly through the IUPUI Book Series on Service Learning Research (Stylus).

2008 - CSL hosts Third Annual Conference on international service learning and Symposium for Student Civic Outcomes in collaboration with American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

2009 - IUPUI recognized as one of the top five “Best Neighbor” colleges and universities in the nation at the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

2010 - CSL hosts the 10th Annual International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) conference, attracting 404 attendees from 44 states and 13 countries.

2011 - CSL, in collaboration with campus colleagues and George Washington Community Schools establishes the Midwest Center for University-Assisted Community Schools.

2012 - CSL establishes the Robert G. Bringle Community Engagement Showcase in honor of retiring executive director Robert Bringle; Julie Hatcher is appointed new executive director.

2013 - IUPUI selected as one of 73 campuses nationwide to participate in NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.

2014 - IUPUI Chancellor Paydar leads Strategic Planning, including goal of “Deepening Campus Commitment to Community Engagement”; Office of Community Engagement is established..

2015 - IUPUI is successfully reclassification for Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement for both curricular engagement and community partnerships.

2016 - CSL collaborates with Academic Affairs to facilitate the Faculty Learning Community on Public Scholarship; language for public scholarship integrated into campus-level promotion and tenure guidelines.

2017 - CSL joins a national network of Bonner Scholar Leader schools.

2018 - CSL celebrates its 25th Anniversary by co-sponsoring the national Campus Compact Presidential Reception, hosting the 10th Annual Research Academy, and capturing stories of engagement across the years.